Hello! I’m Rachel and I’ve been working as a counsellor in the Forest of Dean for a few years.
In my early career I worked in Communications in the University and NHS Sectors. And, like many of my clients share with me, I experienced those moments of self doubt or even imposter syndrome. (For instance there is photographic evidence of me escorting the Duke of Edinburgh around a university science lab but I still struggle to believe that was me in a former life!).
A very difficult time in my life prompted me to look for some therapy and it was this experience of being really listened to and, being offered a safe space to explore what was happening in my life, that sowed the seeds of one day training to become a counsellor myself.
I was lucky enough to be able to work part time whilst studying and juggling family commitments. Part of my training involved a placement at a charity supporting people struggling with pregnancy related issues. I’m still passionate about providing counselling and a place for people to go to express their feelings about these difficult and often isolating issues.
Over my years as a counsellor I have sat alongside clients as they experienced and worked to process feelings of grief, sadness, pain and and self loathing but, I’ve also shared many moments of joy, laughter and tears (mine and the clients!).
I see it is a privilege and I never take for granted the trust that my clients put in me to hold their thoughts and feelings.